San Elijo Lagoon and Nature Center

Cardiff, CA
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

The San Elijo Lagoon is a great hike for new walkers because it is flat, wide, and only half a mile around. Don’t let the short distance deter you though, the views of the lagoon are absolutely gorgeous! There are lots of different birds and critters so keep your eye out. After your walk you can visit the cute nature center.

Walk to the end of the parking lot and then past the nature center. From there, take the trail straight and heading toward the lagoon. From there the path will curve around the edge and stay next to the water. Halfway around you will see a trail to your left, you can cut the hike short and take that straight back to the parking lot. This trail is one very large boardwalk which is fun for little walkers. Otherwise, keep going straight and the trail will go a little further and then loop back to the entrance of the parking lot. The first half of the trail is along the lagoon, the second half is partially shaded. There are many benches along the trail to stop for a rest and snack.

Restrooms: There is a restroom at the Nature Center.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Boardwalk, Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Short and easy hike with gorgeous views of the lagoon.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the parking lot for the nature center. If it is full, there are a few spots along the side of the road.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.